Gonzaga Ash Wednesday Pledge

Ash Wednesday is the first day of forty days of fasting before the Easter when all Christians were invited to renovate their relation with God that was broken by the sins. Civitas Academica of Gonzaga College Senior High School has its own way to enter the Ash Wednesday. The students do their class activities as usual day until 12.00 pm when the holy mass is begun.

All students, teachers, staffs, and other guests gather in the Seminary Auditorium to join the holy mass. The holy mass is lead by Father Baskoro Poedjinoegroho, SJ and other 2 concelebrants: Fr. Leonardus E.B. Winandoko, SJ and Fr. Antonius Vico Christiawan, SJ.

Fr. Vico who gives the homily, invites the whole community to rip their heart, to defeat all temptation of sins, and to make peace with God. The homily is supported by visual media such a short movie that makes the homily becomes more interesting and easy. He explains steps to peace with God. Know that the Lord, He is God; It is He who has made us and not we ourselves. We have to acknowledge that we are from dust and will be back to dust. We are as fragile as glass.  Lord declares: “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” We are invited to be children of God through good and positives attitude. Therefore we make peace with God.

God has created the earth with its content well as it is, but human has destroyed it. So many plastic garbage that is not processed well, has increased the environmental damage further. So make peace with God means we are invited to make real-life actions by reduce the usage of plastics.

There are many ways to reduce the impact of environmental damage. Using no plastic is one of the solution. It can be better if we want to use plastic equipment multiple times, not the disposable one. It is better to bring bottle so we can refill our water that is needed.

Happy fasting, keep praying, may God’s mercy is on us so that soon we may be worthy celebrating Easter with thankful heart.

Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam!